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Partner Spotlight: Stone Soup Films

Monday, March 20, 2017

Every month, Charge Up spotlights one of our partners doing great work in the community. Check out April’s feature story on Stone Soup Films.

Stone Soup Films, a nonprofit production company based in DC, mobilizes professional talent to produce compelling pro bono films that support nonprofits in communicating more powerfully. In 2008, Liz Norton, a former documentary filmmaker and television producer, founded Stone Soup to address local nonprofits’ marketing challenges. This year, the organization celebrated the production of its 100th film and successfully completed a founder transition.

Stone Soup uses a rigorous application process that vets nonprofits against a number of criteria, including their capacity to use the film as a marketing tool. Stone Soup then leverages talented cameramen, photographers, editors, animators, musicians, and film students who volunteer together to deliver high quality marketing tools to nonprofits for free. Check out Stone Soup’s catalogue of films here: http://www.stonesoupfilms.org/our-films/

After nearly a decade after founding Stone Soup Films, Liz announced she would be transitioning into a new role for the organization: Senior Creative Consultant. The organization engaged nonprofit consultant, Elizabeth Workman, formerly of Fair Chance to manage the transition and search process for the next Executive Director. After a four month process, the board unanimously selected Brian Cooke as the next Executive Director.

Brian joins Stone Soup Films after mostly recently serving as the Executive Director of the Armed Forces Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting and promoting the physical, mental, and emotional wellness of military service members, veterans, and their families. Prior to nonprofit service, Brian held roles in the private sector, including The Charles Group’s government affairs consulting firm, and the Institute of International Education’s ROTC Language and Culture Program. As an active duty US Army Field Artillery officer, he was a platoon leader and staff officer in Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He holds a BA from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and an MA in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University.

Liz notes that, “part of what makes Brian so suited to assume leadership of the organization is the breadth of significant work he has done in organizational capacity building, strategic planning, development, and program management. In all of these capacities, he has a stellar reputation for clarity, insight, and accessibility… Brian will lead our board and staff into a future where Stone Soup Films can best leverage our strengths and skills in storytelling in order to benefit the amazing work of nonprofits as well as the communities they serve.”

Brian began his new role on February 6th. Please join us in welcoming him to our capacity building community.